Right to Know
“‘I don’t think you should pay for news,’ Eric, a 22-year-old Chicagoan, said. ‘That’s something everybody should be informed in. Like, you’re going to charge me for information that’s going on around the world?’ And then there’s 19-year-old Sam from San Francisco: ‘I really wouldn’t pay for any type of news because as a citizen it’s my right to know the news.’”
—in Joseph Lichterman’s report on new media-use study, “Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it,” NiemanLab.org, March 16, 2015
• Editorial Comment: Right. When news happens, it should call us — or better yet, text us — and then just fall gently into our ears. Comics are extra.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
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